Chalk Developed by Rock Climbers
XChalk was developed in 2002 in Arizona, USA by an avid rock climber for rock climbers. He found that there wasn't a product available on the market that could counteract the effects of gritty rock on climbers’ fingertips, namely the burning sensation you get after a particularly rough hold. Hence, strapping on his climbing shoes, and with the guidance of a rock climbing pharmacist and Chinese herbalist, XCHALK was born.
Using the finest ingredients with the purest magnesium carbonate as its base, XChalk is a climbing chalk that not only keeps climbers fingers dryer for longer, but can help soothe the burning sensation. One of the main ingredients in XChalk is clove. This botanical has long been used for its medicinal properties*, and some in the holistic medicine and aromatherapy fields speak of its mental calming effect as well as other amazing effects that could help a climber. This compounded with the other herbs and botanicals will help heal minor** skin abrasions, scratches and cuts. It’s also known to possess anti-bacterial qualities...plus it smells great! BUY NOW!
Equally at home in the indoor rock climbing gym as on the rock itself, XChalk is becoming a staple in many climbing gear kit bags, and Szent is dedicated to maintaining the high quality our customers have come to associate with our brand in our chalk and other products.
** Please seek medical attention for anything other than minor abrasions/scratches/cuts
Why Szent Uses Magnesium Carbonate
Magnesium carbonate, with the chemical formula MgCO3, has been used as a drying agent in rock climbing since the dawn of time. The properties of magnesium carbonate in its powdered form allow for the absorption of sweat from your hands, giving climbers a better grip on the rock. As it is insoluble in water, (i.e doesn't dissolve) magnesium carbonate will stay on your hands longer than other products, meaning you will get better grip for longer when climbing or bouldering.
As magnesium carbonate is also been used as a food additive and an ingredient in pharmaceutical products such as antacids, it is safe for human consumption (Not that we are recommending you eat our chalk). It is not classed as a toxic substance, so you can feel confident that you are not sacrificing your health for some extra grip. Like any products though, if you believe you are having a negative reaction to the product, stop use immediately and seek medical attention. Refer to our FAQs for more information.